There's often a bit of confusion about how Asana's pricing works. In this post, I'm going to clear things up so you can decide whether you'd like to upgrade to Premium or Business.
When you first sign up to Asana, you can test out the free version for up to 15 members for as long as you’d like. In my opinion, you get about 80% of the value of Asana for free and there are no limits on the number of projects you can set up. The primary value of Asana is being able to plan projects, delegate work and see WHO's doing WHAT by WHEN. You can do all of this on the free version, which is great!
Otherwise, if you want to take Asana to the next level, you can sign up for Premium or Business.
Premium is $10 per user/month. Tiers start in seat increments of 5’s up to 30 seats (5 seats, 10 seats, 15, 20, 25, 30) and then in increments of 10’s (30, 40, 50, 60, so forth). This is the bit that's kind of annoying. For individual users and small teams of 1-3 people, you still have to pay for a minimum of 5 seats. Asana offers both monthly upgrade options as well as discounted annual subscriptions.
For larger teams, you can decide to upgrade just an individual team or the entire organisation. This is useful in a larger company where one team may be using Asana a lot and need the additional features, but other teams aren't. For this reason, you need to make sure your team structure is well optimised.
The main features you get on Premium are shared private projects (rather than a private project only you can see), custom fields, timeline, start dates and dependencies. These features are great for customising and planning longer-term projects.
For a team of 5, I'd highly recommend upgrading to Premium. The additional features will help you to keep projects on track as you work towards a due date. For teams of less than 5, you need to ask whether it's worth paying for the extra seats or not.
On the Business plan, you get the Portfolios feature which is great for higher level managers to track the status of different projects. On Business you can also lock custom fields so your team can't edit them.
If you'd like to upgrade, you can get an additional 10% off your annual purchase (on top of the 17% discount you already get) by using my referral link. Or if you're already an Asana user, contact me and I can submit your details to the Asana team. Then during your Premium trial, the Asana team will make sure the discount is applied before your card is charged.
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Please let me know if you have any questions about Asana's pricing.